If this isn’t the first time you’ve considered helping a loved one treat an addiction problem, odds are good that you’ve seen information on the Internet about attempting to go through alcohol detoxification without the supervision of a doctor. While it is true that some people are able to go through the process safely, we cannot stress enough that alcohol detoxification can be deadly without medical supervision, and a trip to the ER may not be fast enough to save a life if something goes wrong. Here are some of the risks taken those who attempt alcohol withdrawal without medical help: – Hallucinations leading to injuries or accidents – Lethal dehydration – Choking – Heart attack – Stroke To help avoid these, The Right Step offers experienced, professional support from a caring medical staff. Medical treatment during the detoxification process minimizes discomfort and provides emotional support to help the patient get past the detoxification phase and into a long-term, effective treatment program. When an addict is brought to The Right Step for detoxification, we evaluate the patient thoroughly to determine if he or she is at risk for the above emergencies. If it’s safe, we offer the patient our outpatient detoxification program, which is convenient for eligible patients who prefer the comforts of their own home. However, we generally recommend our inpatient program. Our established support structure, including inspiration and guidance from addicts who are further along the path to recovery, offers benefits beyond words to someone struggling with an addiction. Additionally, our staff can monitor the patient consistently and is on hand should any unexpected problems arrive. Patients who require inpatient detoxification include those who have a history of severe withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and delirium tremens (“DTs”), have gone through multiple detoxifications in the past, suffer other medical or physical illnesses, lack reliable supporters, or are pregnant. It is also important to note that neither our inpatient or outpatient detoxification program is intended to “stand alone.” In order to ensure effective, permanent recovery from alcoholism, patients must participate in a long-term counseling program to support their continued sobriety and increased happiness. Remember: Referring someone in need is a gift of compassion. For more information on admission to The Right Step, please click here.